I began my practicum at BANA in September 2013. I was both excited and nervous to begin the difficult process of learning the agency’s procedures for assessment and treatment. Having completed other practica throughout my training, I was very much aware of the steep learning curve that often comes with starting a new clinical placement. However, I was greeted with genuine support from all BANA staff, which made the transition to this placement as smooth as possible. Not only were my supervisors open to my questions and input, but also, all other staff at BANA were friendly, helpful, and welcoming. I was so appreciative of the supportive atmosphere within this agency.
During my time at BANA, I have worked most closely with the clinical team. In particular, my supervisors, Dana and Leta, have made a great impact in my education. Their knowledge and commitment to continued learning in this field have been inspirational. I have greatly appreciated their willingness to hear my input and feedback, all the while encouraging and supporting the development of my own skills as a clinician. Their drive to continuously evaluate and improve services at BANA is something that I hope to emulate in my own career. Thank you both for the guidance you have provided. To BANA’s consulting psychologist, Dr. Jarry, and consulting physician, Dr. Figaro, your knowledge and expertise have been very motivating. Your supervision repeatedly encouraged me to commit to my own development within this field, for which I am very thankful. Jaclyn and Nicole, your presence at BANA has made a great impact, not only in broadening my own knowledge base, but also in providing the best quality care to clients. I have greatly enjoyed working with you both.
Though my training was focused in the clinical department, the commitment and support were matched by both the Health Promotion and Administrative staff. Chandi’s calming and gentle welcome always helped to put ease to every morning. Pat’s knowledge of all things tech and hardware was greatly appreciated, and I will miss his daily jokes. The newest member of the BANA team, Shauna, has already fit in to the welcoming and friendly culture of the agency. Though they are no longer with BANA, Amanda, Sue, and Angie’s energy will not be forgotten. Finally, it cannot go unnoticed that the supportive atmosphere that I have written of several times throughout this letter is modeled by BANA’s directors, Lucy and Mia. Thank you both for your encouraging leadership.
Perhaps the greatest reward that I have experienced throughout my time here has been working with clients. Though the work was challenging at times, I was truly inspired and touched by each individual who I had the privilege of meeting. I was witness to numerous individuals who were willing to take challenging steps to progress in their lives, and who displayed the emotional strength, honesty, and bravery that it takes to share one’s difficult story. Though I was shown genuine gratitude by clients throughout my time at BANA, I am equally as thankful for the trust and dedication that they were willing to give to me. I have met several individuals who I will think of throughout my career, and whose stories I will never forget. Best wishes to all clients in your recovery.
Goodbye, BANA. You will be missed.
BANA Clinical Intern Jean Kim departing thoughts…